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Writing with Subtext

Anonymous asked: “How do you use subtext in writing?”

In my experience, subtext comes out in how characters will indirectly express their desires – whether it’s to spare someone’s feelings or something they might not be able to put into words themselves. 

When going into a scene, you should know what each character wants. How does their dialogue reflect those wants? Even if it doesn’t come up directly in conversation, what they want in that scene will be underlying every action and everything they say. That is subtext. 

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